For example, I read this a number of months ago on ET for the Atari 2600:
It may not be the best written thing ever, but it has real heart and I found it interesting. Not only that, but now I actually like ET for the 2600. He did a good job of explaining of why it's good, and also debunking a lot of the negative things said about it.
DonkeySpank wrote:Y'know, I've ALWAYS had a soft spot for ET on the 2600. There was just something about it - although come to think of it, at the time I had that game I was into ANYTHING with ET's gormless mug on the front - pencils, notepads, t-shirts, cups, games, toys, lunchboxes, stickers, etc etc etc.
DonkeySpank wrote:I had a chat to Archer McLean on the weekend about stuff like this - I mentioned that one of the most interesting things about DVDs is the Director's Commentary which always contains little anecdotes and bits of info on how certain things were done, or why certain things appear in certain ways. It would be good to have an article along thse lines about how IK+ for expample was put together, I thought this would be an interesting little piece to read as there's a load of little tricksy things in IK+ that happend when you press certain keys. Turns out Archer is full of great anecdotes like this about games he's written, it was great to hear a few over a beer or two. For instance, I now know why the backflip animation in IK+ is so smooth and just where it came from
NorthWay wrote:I'd be interested in seeing a "family tree" or soft-/hard-o-graphy showing how persons/people/companies through time has made software or hardware.
Lots of hw companies have been _very_ anonymous and have been taken over (Hi Toro), legally blackmailed into selling their design (7800), or simply done an outsourced job for Big Name Company (Jaguar?).
Who are they, what have they done, and what are they working on today? Oh, and search for any HW That Wasn't.
Muteki wrote:Off-the-top-of-my-head idea:
Maybe you could do a regular one-pager about some of the weird poo that has appeared in games since the beginning of time. Not just bugs that do amusing things*, but also strange cheats that don't really do anything**, and other purposely-included oddness***.
* ie. That Master System football game (?) that counted own-goals as a goal against your opponent
** ie. The alternate 'sequel' title screens in Shadow Dancer (MD)
*** ie. The revolving panda's head that appears when you shoot a certain crate in Strider
You could give each one marks for strangeness, comical effect, and downright idiocy.
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